2019 Volkswagen Atlas

The new Volkswagen Atlas is a midsize crossover that can carry up to seven people. This vehicle offers family-friendly cargo and passenger space, coming with a chunkily-angled styling and boxy shape. It might not be the most fuel-efficient or the fastest in its class, but it offers a luxurious ride, a lithe chassis, and next-level practicality. The Atlas also has a stylish digital gauge cluster, infotainment displays that come with crisp graphics and the most up-to-date driver-assistance technology. Just like Joker, the Atlas has an ace up its sleeve. The Atlas is a step ahead of its popular classmates when it comes to its pricing and lengthy, transferable warranty. This German machine has been made for the North American market.


What are the pros and cons of the new Atlas?

We love that the new Atlas offers an exceptionally spacious interior, cutting-edge infotainment system, slide-forward second row, excellent warranty, expansive cabin, huge cargo space, comfortable ride quality, and decent value. We also love that it has nimble handling that will leave you feeling like you are driving a smaller vehicle. On the flip side, we don’t like that it has an unimpressive acceleration, some cheap cabin materials, an ungainly styling, and poor fuel economy when compared to some competitors.


What’s new?

For 2019, the Atlas increases its trims from five to seven (the SEL and the SE w/Technology trims are complimented by several R-Line variants). The SEL trim now adds a standard driver-information display that is known as VW’s Digital Cockpit, this trim also adds a heated steering wheel, LED taillights and navigation. The Atlas also offers some standard features like heated side mirrors, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and several advanced driver aids.


What do we have to say about its safety?

The Atlas has a lot to offer when it comes to safety, some of this year’s standard equipment includes: rear cross-traffic alerts, six airbags, blind-spot monitors, automatic emergency braking as well as a pre-collision system that forces the car to brake when it detects a collision. Active lane control and Adaptive cruise control are standard on the SEL and optional on the SE. This vehicle has received a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS while the NHTSA gives it an overall score of five stars. We give it a score of 8 out of 10 when we consider the crash-test results from federal and independent sources.


Which kind of engine should I expect?

The front wheels of the new Atlas are driven by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that offers 258 lb-ft of torque and 235 horsepower. This vehicle also comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 266 lb-ft of torque and 276 horsepower. The V6 doesn’t offer the best gasoline economy nor does the Atlas offer remarkable output. It is important to note that an 8-speed automatic transmission is used for both engines. Different conditions have different modes in the all-wheel-drive system, while the vehicle also offers several on-road driving modes, namely: Sport, Normal and Eco. The fuel economy is as shoddy as Richard Branson’s hair; the four-cylinder offers 27 mpg while the V-6 delivers an unimpressive 24 mpg.


Which trim should I choose?

The S, SE, and SEL trims go for a price of $31,890, $36,490 and $42,390 respectively. Generally, each trim offers more features, but we would choose the SE trim because it is worth every penny, especially when it is compared to the entry-level S trim. The SE offers a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, three extra USB ports, heated front seats that are offered together with power adjustments, keyless ignition that works in conjunction with passive entry and a touchscreen infotainment system that is 8.0 inches big.


How good is the warranty?

This warranty is as sweet as candy in fat kid’s mouth. Volkswagen introduced the current warranty package when the Atlas was launched in 2018. You will get 72,000 miles or 6 years for the Limited warranty and 72,000 miles or 6 years for the Powertrain warranty. This package doesn’t come with complimentary scheduled maintenance. This package is better than Kia’s and Hyundai’s 100,000-mile/10-year coverages. Why? VW’s package can be used by subsequent owners but Kia’s and Hyundai’s offer is greatly reduced when it reaches the second owner.

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